Goal 4 Report 2008

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Goal 4 Report 2008

Goal 4 - Develop select graduate programs with a focus on regional needs.
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Implementation Committee Audit Committee
Report Author Name Phillip Mason Tim Oxley
Link to Narrative Report Goal Four Year 2 Progress Report

Graduate Studies Revenues/Costs

Graduate Student Satisfaction Survey

Goal Four Year 2 Graduate Program Reports

Post-Conference Implementation Response

Goal 4 Year 2 Audit Committee Report
Existing Timeline Proposed Year 3 Timeline Discussion of Proposed Year 3 Timeline
Summary Progress on Goal:

Year 2 - Overall

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Year 2 - Overall

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Year 2 - Overall

Action Step 1:

Increase investment in graduate education.

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Summary of why level was chosen The University continues to make efforts to hire critical replacement faculty in academic areas with graduate programs including in the Schools of Business, Education and Liberal Arts. The number of graduate assistantships have increased, a new master's program in Human Services was implemented this fall and a $10,000 graduate program marketing campaign has been developed and implemented. A budgetary analysis reveals that the investment in graduate studies continues to pay dividends through increased revenues for the University. (Refer to Appendix of Strategic Goal Four Report for revenue/cost summary) The Audit Committee concurs with the assessment of the Implementation Committee that the progress toward Year 2 is below target. This assessment was based upon the number of full-time faculty line per graduate program and the number of Graduate Assistantships funded by the Office of Graduate Studies. Additionally, the costs to the program are largely due to the increase in the number of courses taught. Investments in the Office of Graduate Studies budget for marketing, professional development, and Graduate Assistants is not evident.
Recommendations, concerns, and/or difficulties encountered The University needs to make a more concerted effort at allocating part of the revenues generated by its graduate programs directly into the growth and improvement of the programs through the hiring of more faculty to teach graduate programs, awarding of more graduate assistantships and a more reliable graduate adjunct budget. The premise that graduate programs should not adversely affect undergraduate programs should have a corollary statement that undergraduate enrollment pressures should not adversely impact the growth and quality of graduate programs. A yearly marketing budget of $15,000 in requested in order to ensure sustainment and growth of graduate student enrollment. An increase of $24,000 is requested to double the number of graduate assistantships awarded by the Office of Graduate Studies. Financial viability has been established for the graduate programs, however, additional investment of $37,500 to increase the number of Graduate Assistance funded by the Office of Graduate Studies and to continue marketing efforts begun this report period.
Action Step 2:

Ensure meaningful graduate educational experiences.

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Summary of why level was chosen The University continues to develop quality graduate programs as is evidenced by the recommendation of a Visting Team of the Higher Learning Commission stating that our new Master's of Science in Human Services be fully accredited by the HLC. A Graduate Student Satisfaction Survey was successfully completed; and the resulting data and information is being used, in part, by the graduate programs to improve their respective curriculums. The MBA program has improved its curriculum by offering two tracts that will have a broader appeal to students. Graduate student standards and expectations are being improved with a goal of graduating more successful students better prepared for success in their professions. A Graduate Student Profile is underdevelopment to be used by all programs to more effectively integrate skill sets, attitudes and ethical perspectives into all graduate programs. The Audit Committee concurs with the assessment of the Implementation Committee that progress for Action Step 2 was at or above target. Accreditation of the MBA, anticipated accreditation of the Masters in Human Services, and the professional development activities met the Year 2 objective.
Recommendations, concerns, and/or difficulties encountered The University should continue its initial efforts at developing a set of graduate faculty expectations for scholarship and provide means to support increased efforts at discipline-specific scholarly activities that engage graduate students. No specific recommendations are suggest.
Action Step 3:

Implement best practices in graduate support services.

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Summary of why level was chosen The University has made meaningful progress in implementing best practices in graduate education. The results of our graduate student satisfaction survey are being used by all graduate programs to improve academic advising, curriculum and student/faculty relationships. The Office of Graduate Studies has already enacted changes to all of its student services based upon the survey results. A Graduate Student Handbook, that will help with a new student's transition to graduate studies and the University, has been created and will available to all new graduate students upon admissions. Additionally all support services procedures have been reviewed in partnership with Student Services and improvements have been implemented. Finally, the University has recently submitted an application for full, regular membership in the Council of Graduate Schools. This institutional association gives us credibility, access to members' services and professional development opportunities. The Audit Committee concurs with the assessment for Year 2 for Action Step Three. The self-study, graduate student handbook, and faculty and graduate student professional development and training substantially met objectives set out for Year 2.
Recommendations, concerns, and/or difficulties encountered The University needs to more fully integrated a set of procedures for the review of the academic standing of each graduate student through the office of the registrar in order to ensure that decisions are based upon complete information. Additionally funding support for professional development is requested in the amount of $25,000. The Audit Committee recommends an additional $12,500 be allocated to the Office of Graduate Studies to support and increase in professional development activities in best practices for graduate faculty and graduate assistants.
Action Step 4:

Improve services to working adult graduate students.

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Summary of why level was chosen The University has made meaningful progress in the improvement of graduate student services. The graduate student satisfaction survey has provided very valuable and insightful information and data that has been used in addressing the needs of our graduate students. Inclusion of a graduate student on the Graduate Council has also been a very important step in, not only ensuring a student voice; but having an adult student's perspectives on important issues that the Graduate Council addresses.Gradute faculty members within each program have been involved with their program directors and deans to begin to review the process of advising in order to provide better services to our students, most of whom do not get to campus on a regular basis (Refer to Appendix of Strategic Goal Four Report for Student Satisfaction Survey Results) The Audit Committee concurs with the Implementation Committee on its determination that the progress for Year 2 was at or above target. Progress was made this year in the identification and clarification of roles and responsibilities between the Office of Enrollment Services and the Office of Graduate Studies.
Recommendations, concerns, and/or difficulties encountered While this Action Step is important, it is really a subset of Action Step 3. It is recommended that it be incorporated into Action Step 3. Please refer to full report for detailed suggestions on action items. The Audit Committee recommends that efforts toward support services to “non-traditional” students be identified and separately reported under Action Step 3 in future years. The Implementation Committee contends Action Step 4 is redundant and a sub-set of Action Step 3. The Audit Committee contends awareness of the different needs of an older mid-career graduate student differs from the needs of a student whose graduate program is being completed as a “fifth year.” Acknowledging and reporting on services aimed at the older non-traditional student is merited.
Action Step 5:

Expand graduate education opportunities.

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Summary of why level was chosen The University has implemented a new Master's of Science in Human Services program which, according to a market analysis, should help to meet a growing regional need. Additionally, the MBA program has implemented two Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs in Project Management and Human Resources. These will provide opportunities for non-degree students to complete as free standing certificate programs. The University has expanded enrollments in all programs to provide graduate educational opportunities to more students. Enrollment this spring semester has increased by 14.7% from the spring of 2007. The VP for Graduate Studies will be reaching out to the other state comprehensive universities to explore opportunities for the creation of consortia or alliances to provide graduate programs through partnerships. The Audit Committee concurs with the assessment of the Implementation Committee that progress on Action Step 4 continues to exceed the Year 2 objectives. The number of graduates continues to exceed the Action Step Five yearly objectives.
Recommendations, concerns, and/or difficulties encountered The University needs to continue to explore what other regional needs may exist for graduate education. The focus should remain in areas in which we have strong, healthy undergraduate programs to avoid putting undue pressure on faculty resources. The Audit Committee commends the Implementation Committee and the Office of Graduate Studies for their success and achievements for Year 2 –Action Step Five.
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